RCMP Nab 141 Drunk Drivers in Holiday Checkstops

RCMP Crest LogoManitoba RCMP have concluded their annual holiday checkstop program, wrapping up four weeks of increased enforcement on the province’s roadways.

Police pulled over 4,192 vehicles in 102 checkstops during the final week, which resulted in 28 people being charged with impaired driving. An additional five people were charged with refusing to provide a breath sample.

Seventeen 24-hour alcohol related roadside suspensions were also given out, 33 people were charged for not wearing a seat belt, 920 traffic-related charges were laid, and six other criminal code driving offences were caught during the last week.

A total of 141 people were charged with impaired driving throughout the month-long campaign, which is exactly the same number as the 2011-2012 checkstop program. However, police stopped 20,641 vehicles last season, compared to 17,391 in 2012-13.